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Aug 17, 2009 1:00pm EDT
and family of the ladies auxiliary. america honors your service as well. also, governor jan brewer is here of arizona. and mayor phil gordon, our host, here in phoenix. i want too acknowledge president dr. joe shirley jr., president of the navajo nation. and this wasn't on my original card, but this is just an extraordinary story and you may have already heard from her, but i want to publicly acknowledge and thank mrs. helen denton, the secretary to dwight eisenhower who typed up the orders for the normandy invasion and is here today and what an extraordinary story that is. so -- [ applause ] members of the veterans of foreign wars, i am honored and humbled to stand before you as commander in chief of the finest military the world has ever known. we're joined by some of those who make it the finest force in the world. from luke air force base, members of the 56th fighter wing. whether you wear the uniform today or wore it decades ago, you remind us of a fundamental truth. it's not the powerful weapons that make our military the strongest in the world, it's not the sophisticated system that
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2009 1:00pm EDT
million people in north america expect from us, so that's what we will do. thank you very much. >> thank you. speaking foreign language ] >> translator: president obama, there are certain questions about violation of human rights here in mexico and all of these problems, fighting drug trafficking, are you going to certify mexico? and how can we move forward with the initiative? we've also been concerned about any attempt against felipe calderon's life. we know about certain threats and insecurity that prevails. this, of course, is certainly related to your country. we're concerned about the visa problem too, but what comments would you have regarding all these questions? [ speaking foreign language ] >> here, here, i think it's coming. go ahead. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: -- want to know if mexico is going to be certified, and if you will help. in applying resources for the initiative. we've also heard about some attempts against the life of president felipe calderon. do you have any knowledge of this? and we're also concerned about national security. we're concerned ab
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2009 1:00pm EDT
that america must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. no, there is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. we know the future will outlast all of us, but i believe that all of us will live on in the future we make. >> good afternoon from washington, i'm david gregory, we welcome to you this msnbc special, continuing coverage of the death of senator ted kennedy. by now, you probably heard the 77-year-old lion of the senate and patriarch of the kennedy political dynasty died late last night at his home in cape cod on hyannis port after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. today, friends, colleague and leaders worldwide are remembering kennedy as an extraordinary force who worked tirelessly on behalf of the working class and the poor. on capitol hill here in washington, kennedy's home for nearly half a century, the senator, the flags are flying at half staff this afternoon, as are those at the white house and federal buildings across the country. and there are tributes coming in from around the country and the world. former president george w. bush telling nbc
MSNBC
Aug 11, 2009 1:00pm EDT
propose some new taxes. and when you propose new taxes in america today, you're going to take a little bit of a battering. but i am not going to sacrifice education. we've done so well. pennsylvania has made more progress than any state in the union in the last six years. i'm not going to sacrifice that to worry about my popularity rating. i said, andrea, can you imagine what abe lincoln's favorable rating would have been the first term if we had those polls? probably 6%, 7%, 8%. those polls don't bother me. i want to do the right thing for long-term pennsylvania. >> how do you think the president is doing in trying to counteract the opposition to the health care reform proposals? he certainly has distanced himself from an op-ed in "usa today" yesterday by speaker pelosi and majority leader steny hoyer, who says that it's un-american to protest. he and his spokespeople are saying he understands that people are peaking out and that it's a healthy they think. where's the balance here? >> well, i think -- i don't know if speaker pelosi and steny hoyer meant it was un-american to protest. it's
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
for the "washington post" and co-author of "battle ground for america 2008" a terrific book on the election that we just had and a lot of insight into president obama. let's talk about what we learned what, you learned in your reporting about the obama who ran for office and how he has handled this health care rollup -- rollout. what did you see in covering the campaign that perhaps foretold the mistakes and the successes of what's happened so far? >> andrea, it is a really fascinating question. i would say a couple of things. first of all, everybody now thinks that barack obama is this candidate who was always inspirational and always on his marks. the reality was when he started out as a candidate, he had some very difficult weeks and months. he was not a particularly good candidate in the early stages of the campaign. he learned from those mistakes and became a better candidate over time. one would say he had to go through the same learning process as president, very difficult after a long campaign to jump in and assume the office at president and be running at full speed and full efficiency. i
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2009 1:00pm EDT
for america: 2008." dan, let's talk about what your poll shows. because the results are not very encouraging. somewhat encouraging on the economy. people are beginning to see the end of the recession, but when it comes to health care and overall approval and how he's handling health care, war you seeing in your poll regarding the president's ratings? >> what we are seeing, andrea, is just this kind of gradual slide down for president obama on how the public perceives his handling of the issue and to some extent, their expectations of what might happen. we asked a broad question, which is, how much confidence do you have in president obama to make the right decisions for the country. that was 60%, not long ago. it's now down to 49%. in terms of what people's expectations are on health care, at the beginning of his presidency, they were pretty substantial, and now they've come down a lot in what people anticipate he may be able to get. the second thing of note that we're seeing is that the debate, obviously, has gotten very intense, but the opponents seem to have more intensity right now than
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 1:00pm EDT
americans back to work and build a new foundation for growth. last week, we received a report on america's gross domestic product, a key measure of our economic health, and it showed marked improvement over the last few months. this morning, we received additional signs that the worst may be behind us, though we lost 247,000 jobs in july, that was nearly 200,000 fewer jobs lost than in june, and far fewer than the nearly 700,000 jobs a month that we were losing at the beginning of the year. today, we're pointed in the right direction. we're losing jobs at less than half the rate we were when when i took office. we pulled the financial system back from the brink and a rising market is restoring value to those 401(k)s that are the foundation of a secure retirement. we've enabled families to reduce the payments on their mortgages and in making their homes more affordable and reducing the number of foreclosures. we helped to revive the credit markets and opened up loans for families and small businesses. while we've rescued our economy from catastrophe, we've also begun to build a new founda
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2009 1:00pm EDT
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MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 1:00pm EDT
chief of staff, bill kristol, shared something about a trip to latin america with you, 1990, air force 2, you're the vice president, he is a veteran senator. how did he handle the bipartisan nation of that foreign policy trip? >> senator kennedy, he called me at that time, and as you recall, because you've covered this, you remember the bombing of ronny moffett and la tellier, being from chile. senator kennedy was very interested in having a full investigation of who did that. his suspicions were the government. well, in this particular case, i was flying down to see the government transfer power to president-elect linday. ted kennedy called me up and said, i want to go. i said, you can go, but you have to promise me one thing. he said, what's that. i said, you cannot criticize our administration when you're in chile. i will set up the meetings for you, you can have your own meetings, but you can't criticize us down there. and he told me, and it's very important and very telling about the kennedy family and ted kennedy in particular, he said this -- my brother always said that you should
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2009 1:00pm EDT
for "the washington post," and co-author of quality battle for america: 2008," best-selling book. thanks so much for joining us. susan, first of all, to you, the battle of the left and the right, kathleen sebelius, the health and human services director went out today and said, nothing new, we weren't sending any signals, but they were! they weren't changing the actual words, but they -- >> apparently, last weekend was the weekend they decided to send a message that they were willing to give up on the public option and go with this more ephemeral ideas or less defined idea of co-o co-ops. the day before on saturday, we had barack obama himself saying at a town hall meeting that this was just a sliver of health care reform. and not something that should undo the idea of moving ahead, even if the public option -- i think the white house has determined that both because of opposition from republicans and more importantly from conservative democrats that this is not going to be in the final bill and they're trying to let these house democrats, who tend to be more liberal, to know that. >> but d
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2009 1:00pm EDT
, has always said, we've been blessed. and families across america have faced much more difficult times in their lives. and we've had the ability at times, because of our wealth and our privilege, to face up to questions, but we understand that that's what i think people understand about the kennedys. they understood other people's sorrow and tragedy and struggle and they put theirs in that light. and i think that was an example for all of us across the country. >> tim hagan, who knew him as a friend and as a great deal of fun. >> great fun. i must tell you one quick story, andrea, you would appreciate. i was at the cape one night and we were having a dinner and it was a late dinner. afterwards, ted and i had a few glasses of wine. i think it was just a few. in any event, about 12:30, we began to argue about -- we were both alter boys in catholic church at a time when the latin mass was still served. and we were arguing about the latin mass and who was correct about recalling the specifics of the latin response as altar boys. we got to an impasse and he decided we wouldn't resolve this.
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
, then that's something all of america can agree we can solve. those guys came into my office. sitting in the oval office, i kept on doing a double take. >> now, one of the big issues here, it's an economic issue, it's an issue of rights, of basic rights, black and latino students are two to three times more likely to have less basic skills. that's a real challenge for us. we're talking about the workforce of the future. >> absolutely. i absolutely believe the fight for quality education is the civil rights issue of our generation. it's actually about a lot more than education. it's really a fight for social justice. and the dividing lines in our country today is less around race and socioeconomic status than it is around educational opportunity. if children, from whatever background, have a chance to go to grade schools, they can fulfill their dreams long-term and become productive citizens. when children from whatever background don't have the opportunity to go to good schools, they're basically condemned to poverty and social failure. there are no good jobs out there without the min
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 1:00pm EDT
the nutritional needs. >> part of what america can do, by listening, we can learn how we might be able to provide assistance based on what kenyans and other african nations determine is in their best interest. this is going to go beyond the traditional just food emergency assistance that we provided in the past. this is a much more comprehensive, coordinated effort. >> how important is nutrition, is adequate food to what you're trying to accomplish in terms of good medicine? well, it's extremely important, for different reasons. because taking the drugs without adequate food is very difficult, and of course, good nutrition is the basis of good health. not only for hiv, but for people living with hiv, but protecting against other infectious diseases as well. i should just say that this administration, and the president himself and the secretary, secretary clinton are really committed to global health, have spoken out repeatedly. have emphasized the need to expand on the good work that's been done on hiv, tuberculosis and malaria to expand into child health and tropical diseases and see all this as
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
other population in america. and she decided to be their champion. and she really -- >> and what a champion she was. i remember, i was just saying to ann thompson, i remember when i was a child and we had a neighbor who was "retarded" and i was his baby sister often and my parents started an organization with others in the community, but there was so much shame attached to the condition of these children. and it's all changed, because of your aunt. or your godmother. >> and i think it's because she never felt that way about her sister, and i think a lot of that was her catholic faith, that she believed that, you know, every human being has a soul and every soul is beloved by god. and that they're -- you know, everybody has certain capacities. and at that first special olympics, and i was there in south bend, indiana, in 1987, the first international games, there was a child who was winning the race, a sprint, and the child fell, and the second -- the person who was running second went towards the finish line and just before he crossed the finish line, he stopped, turned around, a
MSNBC
Aug 3, 2009 1:00pm EDT
for america, andrea. it's good for car buyers, it's good for americans, it's good for american workers, it's a wildly popular program. people that make automobiles are very happy. people that sell automobiles are, for the first time in a long time, able to make a living. and it's a program that -- where 80% of the vehicles being traded in are trucks or suvs. these are gas guzzlers. the lion's share of the cars that are being purchased are cars that are getting 9 miles per gallon better than the cars that are being traded in. >> but mr. secretary -- >> we're helping the climate and we're helping the economy. >> but some environmentalists, some liberals in the democratic party would say that you could have done more. you could have done more on the environmental side, be more demanding, than you were. in fact, that this was a cave-in to the auto industry to go against the foreign cars, which do better mileage. >> i think everybody has been astounded by the fact that 80% of the vehicles being traded in are gas-guzzling trucks and suvs and the lion's share are cars like ford focus, which get v
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. and the words "pre-existing condition" become a thing of the past... we're america's health insurance companies. supporting bipartisan reform that congress can build on. >>> some congressional democrats are prepared to bush bipartisan efforts aside and move a completely partisan health care bill through the oval office but how about negotiations inside the party change with republican outs of the picture? we have two reporters here with us. jeff, you wrote with no need to negotiate with republicans, democrats might be better able to move more quickly, relying on their large man majorities in both houses. democratic senators might be empowere empowered. as you just heard from bernie sanders there are some on the left of this debate who wouldn't go with the cooperative. will that really get them to the finish line? >> the face of it andrea, may sound like it would be easier to do a democratic-only health care bill it actually will be as difficult if not more difficult. really, what the white house is seeding here, senior administration officials tell us, what they have seen the last couple of wee
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 1:00pm EDT
of america's big problems. >> thank you, sir. i'll be back in just a moment from the white house. >> well, there you go. the president and michael smerconish and with an assist from tracy, ernie, joe and susan. david gregory, this was a good format for him. first of all, smerconish did a great job, the questions were good, and the president delivered his answers. >> i think the president's in a position right now where he wants to be face of this debate. the reality has been, for the white house, that these town hall meetings have, in some ways, we derailed their effort to sort of own -- the reason why they had a deadline before the recess to try to control the debate. it has spun out of control. here's an example of the president trying to bring it back under control. a couple of things stand out. the business about the public option is still a big deal. does the government want a government plan or doesn't he? by all accounts, he still does, but he's certainly going to be willing to compromise. whether he is, certainly, democratic negotiators are going to be willing to do that in order
MSNBC
Aug 31, 2009 1:00pm EDT
for 9/11 and separate that question out for whether it's the right thing of the united states of america to do and there are two separate questions and they really should not be co-mingled because we're never going to get the full answer to whether torture works in even very, very limited circumstances. you got the wrong information from the person being tortured. >> great to have both of you. thanks so much. >>> right now an out of control wildfire just north of los angeles is threatening 12,000 homes and governor arnold schwarzenegger has just declared a state of emergency in four counties due to wildfires throughout the state. the largest fire is the so-called station fire in los angeles. it has scorched 134 square miles of land so far. that fire actually doubled in size overnight and officials warn it could double again in the coming days. i'm joined now from lakeview terrance from jay gray. >> emergency may be an understatement here. the situation is dire and getting worse, according to firefighters. more than 2,000 on the ground right now fighting on the front lines and also attack
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 1:00pm EDT
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